Alternate English title: Fantômas: The Man in Black
Fantômas is the first famous film criminal mastermind. He uses
disguises, gentleman's charm, and vicious ruthlessness to terrorize
Paris. This episode is adapted from the second Fantômas novel - a translated edition is here.
In the first episode he robs a princess, and then is suspected of involvement in the disappearance of a Lord Beltham.
In this second Fantômas episode, the action picks up - some of it filmed in the scenic streets of old Paris (to the visible delight of several gawking passer-bys). In between his busy love life with several women, Fantômas finds time to pull off a train disaster, in addition to the titular battle with Inspector Juve that includes an ambush, a capture and escape, and a murder attempt. Along with the action, lots of details are filled in via hand-written reports, notes, letters, and telegram so reading is still required.
Fantômas films are often thought of as a serial, but they are really
long installments in a series, somewhat like our Bond and Bourne
franchises. A “feature” film at the period might run fifty to
seventy-five minutes. As with our franchises, there are recurring
characters. The films pit police inspector Juve and the journalist
Fandor against Fantômas and his accomplices, notably the treacherous but
passionate Lady Beltham.
This video is from Wikimedia, and is missing opening and closing credits. The English subtitles are derived from Wikimedia Commons
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subtitles for the original WEBM video appear out of sync with the
derived video, but are retained for downloaders in the "4webm" file).
Louis Feuillade (director/writer)
Georges Guérin (cinematographer)
Marcel Allain (author)
Pierre Souvestre (author)
René Navarre (lead)
Edmund Breon (lead)
Renée Carl (lead)
Georges Melchior (lead)
Yvette Andréyor (lead)
Laurent Morléas (lead)